Good Back Test

This morning I got my second shot of the vaccine and as I write this at 9:30 I’m feeling fine. Hopefully I wake up good to go. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 10 Deadlifts (45#)
  • 10 Deadlifts (105#)
  • 10 Kip Swings
  • 5 Deadlifts (155#)

Conditioning

3 Rounds

  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 GHD Sit-ups (modified sitting on a MB)
  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 Deadlifts (185/125)
  • 20 cal SkiErg / BikeErg / Row
  • 20 T2B
  • 5:00 Rest

Used a different machine each time through, with SkiErg, BikeErg, and Rower being the order. First round took 6:57, second round took 5:59, and the third round took 6:32. Total time with the rests was 29:28 My challenge for today was sticking to sets of ten on the deadlifts and toes-to-bars, which I was able to do. My deadlift warm-ups felt great so I wanted to hold on there. As far as time goes, I think 4×5 would have been the better move because it would have kept my heart rate down. Going from the barbell back to a machine sucked every round, especially the rower where my legs had no power left. Really happy I was able to do all tens on the T2B as well! This was a lot of lower back volume and things held up well.

Legs & Gymnastics

4 Sets

  • 20 alt Curtsy Lunges (30# DBs)
  • 5 Handstand Kick-ups

Masters Appropriate

Warm-up

  • 3:00 SkiErg (649m)
  • 4 Sets
    • 10 Kip Swings
    • 3 HS Kick-ups
    • 40’ Tip Toe Walk
    • 10 Calf Raises
  • Power Snatch
    • 5×45
    • 3×95
    • 3×115
    • 3×135

I was starting to get the feel for the freestanding handstand again and kicking up without touching the wall.

Conditioning

9-6-3

  • Power Snatch (155#)
  • Burpee Box Jump Over (30″)

I took 2021 CrossFit Games Quarterfinal Test 5 and scaled it down from 185 pounds to something I thought was more appropriate for the Masters division. I could see using 165, but I felt like this would give me a truer sense of the sprint this workout should be. I went singles all the way and the last three got ugly! Did a lot of stepping on the burpee box jumps to save my heart rate, which turned out to be a smart move. I didn’t really want to bite it with a shin on the box either, so I was focused on the jumps. Finished in 4:44.

  • 1,000m SkiErg
  • 50 Devil Press (35# DBs)
  • 200′ DB Front Rack Walking Lunge (35# DBs, 25′ lengths)

I finished the ski around 4:15, with my triceps burning over the last 400 meters. Started with 15 devil presses before taking a rest and then a short rest every five reps! Eww. I went 50-50-100 feet on the lunges and finished in 16:22.

Midline

3 Sets

  • 5/5 Bird Dogs (2s pause)
  • 30/30s Side Planks
  • 10/10 Banded Rotations/Holds (half-kneeling, blue)

Heavy But Good

Went far a three mile walk last night. My lats are a bit sore. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Conditioning

Teams of 2 (cals each)

  • 50-40-30-20-10 / 35-28-21-14-7 cal BikeErg

Brandi went first, so I’d have the shorter rests. I picked up the pace each set. We finished in 14:36. My legs were burning near the end, but a pretty good warm-up for some squatting.

Gymnastics

7 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups

Done after each set of front squats. Starting to get some of the feel back already.

Strength

Front Squats

  • 10×45
  • 5×95
  • 5×115
  • 5×135
  • 5×155
  • 5×175
  • 5×185

Felt heavy, but overall pretty good. Easing back in to some squats in case there is a test during the AGOQ. I belted up for the last two or three sets.

Midline

4 Rounds

  • 45s Sandbag Bear Hug Hold (100#)
  • 20 DB Pull Through (50#)
  • 45s Plank
  • 20 Seated Leg Lifts over DB

Finished in 12:35.

Grinding Ten Rounder

My traps were pretty sore from the double dumbbell hang power cleans, but at least my quads are almost done being sore. Worked out at about 10am.

Warmup

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.45 km)
  • 20 PVC Passes
  • 1:00 Dead Hang
  • 3×3 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 10 alt DB Hang C&J (35#)

Conditioning

10 Rounds

  • 14 cal Row
  • 10 alt DB Hang C&J (50#)
  • 8 Burpee over Rower

The workout didn’t say from the hang, but that’s typical and what we did. I realized that I didn’t reset the monitor when I got back on in round two so just kept the calories rolling throughout. I started out with my usual 1,200+ cal/hr but after round one realized that wasn’t going to be sustainable. If I wanted to keep a good pace on the burpees I was going to have to use the rower for a little recovery. I was dipping just under 1,000 cal/hr most of the workout. Picked up my pace in the last 2.5 rounds. Finished in 21:55.

Midline

2 Rounds

  • 20 V-ups
  • 20 Plank Knee to Elbow
  • 20 Reverse Crunches
  • 20/20 Side Plank Pulses
  • 20 alt V-ups
  • 20 Big Hollow Flutter Kicks (single leg raises)
  • 20 Oblique Heel Touches
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • 20 Lying Leg Lifts

We’re going to use this DLB workout in our rotation since it’s so good. Last week I did 4:20 – 9:11. This week I didn’t start out hot with the V-ups and it paid off with 4:09 for the first round and 8:17 overall.

Squatting a Snatch and Heavy Thrusters

No invitations yet for the Age-Group Online Qualifiers, but they did release the cutlines. For the Men’s 40-44 it’s 2,025th place and I’m ranked 1,941st. Quads are already getting sore from the squat jumps yesterday. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 Row (757m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 10 Monster Squats
  • 10 Toe Touches (w/ mini band)
  • 5 High Hang Muscle Snatches (45#)
  • 5 OHS (45#)
  • 5 High Hang Squat Snatches (45#)

I think it’s been over two years since I’ve done a squat snatch and probably almost that long for overhead squats. I was falling over with the empty bar in this warm-up!

Weightlifting

High Hang Squat Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch

The workout was take 12 minutes to do five complexes @ 65% of 1RM Snatch or a moderate weight. I did it twice with 75, then once at 95 and 115 before loading my working weight of 135 pounds. I wasn’t really thinking about the percentage until after my first set and then calculated 143 pounds off my all-time 220 max, so I was actually heavy for any recent lift I’ve done. Really started to feel better after the first two complexes with 135. Like riding a bike.

Conditioning

15-12-9

  • Thrusters (115#)
  • C2B Pull-ups

The actual Mayhem workout was 135# thrusters and strict weighted pull-ups with 50 pounds. Was always going to modify that, especially training for the AGOQ. It would be a good version to try some day, but not this day. I warmed up with 5 thrusters at each of 45 and 95 pounds.

In the workout I went 9-6, 7-5, 5-4 on my thrusters and wore a belt. Just making sure not to push it too hard or take too many risks as my back gets used to some of this stuff again. The lifts themselves actually felt ok, but just gassed me. Looking back at WHOOP, my heart rate wasn’t even that high, so I probably should have pushed more with shorter rests. I went 9-6, 7-5, 7-1-1 on the chest-to-bar pull-ups and was losing my butterfly in some of the later sets since I’m out of practice. Finished in 5:24.

Skill / Accessory

3 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)
  • 40′ Tip Toe Farmer Carry (20# DBs)
  • 10 Calf Raises (20# DBs)

Single Leg Supers

Rest day yesterday. I did some sanding for about 90 minutes, which really boosts my WHOOP strain score. Got nine hours of sleep last night, but I’m only at 55% recovery.

Warm-ups

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.52 km)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • 3:00 Wrists
  • 4/4 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45# bar)
  • 4/4 Lateral Step-ups (20″)
  • 4/4 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45# + 35)
  • 4/4 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45# + 80)
  • 4 Romanian Deadlifts (45#)
  • 8 alt Kossack Squats
  • 4 Romanian Deadlifts (135#)
  • 8 alt Goblet Kossack Squats (30#)

Handstands

8 Sets

  • 3 Kick-ups (between leg sets)

I need to break my habit of reaching for the wall with my lead leg.

Legs

4 Sets

  • 8/8 LM Curtsy Lunges (club grip, 45# + 100-110-110-110)
  • 8/8 Lateral Step-ups (20″, 50# DB)

4 Sets

  • 16 alt Goblet Kossack Squats (45#)
  • 8 RDL (175-175-185-185)

Supersets with single leg movements are killer because of so many reps. Takes a long time to get through.

Conditioning

8:00 AMRAP

  • 200m TrueForm Run
  • 10 Deadlifts (135#)

I went 5-5 on every round of deadlifts with a quick break so I wouldn’t be straining and get myself out of position with 10 consecutive. Was able to keep a pretty consistent pace on the running and got through 5 + 70m.

Return of the Curtsy

I did a bunch of hand sanding and woodwork yesterday afternoon, ending up with a 19.0 WHOOP strain score, which I think is my record. Slept in past 7 too! Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-ups

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,536m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Bottom Squat Hold
  • 3:00 Wrist Warm-up
  • 5/5 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45#)
  • 5/5 Lateral Step-ups (20″)
  • 5/5 Landmine Curtsy Lunges (45 + 45#)
  • 10 Kossack Squats
  • 5 RDL (85#)
  • 8 Shoulder Press (45#)

Handstands

7 Sets

  • 3 Handstand Kick-ups (between leg sets)

Legs

4 Sets

  • 10/10 LM Curtsy Lunges (club grip, 45# + 3@90 & 1@100)
  • 10/10 Lateral Step-ups (20″, 40# DB)

Might as well call this shit a metcon!

3 Sets

  • 20 alt Goblet Kossack Squats (35# KB)
  • 10 RDL (155-155-175#)

That was a lot of unilateral work today, which is probably why it felt so taxing.

Shoulders

4 Sets

  • 8 Shoulder Press (95-115-130-130#)
  • 10 Dumbbell Shrugs (60# DBs)

My left shoulder didn’t feel the greatest doing these presses.

Conditioning

7:00 AMRAP

  • 10 Burpees
  • 5/5 DB Hang C&J (50/35#)

Didn’t push it from the beginning and was consistently knocking out 1:15 rounds. Started picking up the pace with about three minutes left and made up ground to be able to get 6 + 1. I did what was really a push press throughout.

Bathe in Acid

Much needed rest day yesterday and I’ve had solid sleep two nights in a row. Out in the garage at 4pm.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 TrueForm Run (0.53 km)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walk
  • 80′ Monster Walk
  • 20 Shoulder I-Y (red)

Handstands

8 Sets

  • 3 Kick-ups

These were done between leg sets again and I really like doing these on leg day. Realized it’s not only about looking further out, but I also need to pull my head in to a more neutral position.

Legs

5 Sets

  • 8 Back Rack Reverse Lunges (45-95-135-155-165-175-195-205)
  • 4/4 Single Leg RDL (45-75-95-115-125-125-135-135)

3 Sets

  • 6 Landmine Squats (90-135-160-180)
  • 6 Barbell Hip Thrusts (75-115-135-135)

Shoulders

3 Sets

  • 10 Shoulder Press (45-75-95-105)
  • 10 DB Front Raise (8-12-12-12)

Conditioning

“Acid Bath” – Dubai CrossFit Championships

  • 500m SkiErg
  • 500m Row
  • 1,000m BikeErg

Just under 1:50 on the ski, just over 1:40 on the row and under 1:40 on the bike. Time was 5:27. Not bad for a first attempt at this workout. I didn’t get the lactic acid build up they seemed to get in Dubai so maybe I need to push harder next time.

Working on a Room

I painted the old office (to be my hobby room) last night and again this morning, since I was up early. Out in the garage at 10am for the workout.

Warm-up

  • 5:00 TrueForm Run (0.85 km)
  • 5:00 SkiErg (1,165m)
  • 5:00 BikeErg (2,615m)
  • 3×5 Handstand Kick-ups

Back & Biceps

4 Sets

  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Fly (30#)
  • 12 Seated DB Bent Over Row (30#)
  • 12 Face Pull (49#, rope)

4 Sets

  • 10 Seated Cable Row (104-109-109-109#)
  • 10/10 Seated Single Arm Cable Row (49-54-54-54#)

4 Sets

  • 8 Lean Back Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Reverse Seated BTN Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)
  • 10 Underhand Lat Pulldowns (93-93-98-98#)

4 Sets

  • 10 Straight Arm Pulldown (rope, 49#)
  • 10 High Pulley Underhand Row (38-49-49-49#)
  • 10 Banded High Pull (2x blue, 2x green)

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 25 Swimmer Crunches ⁣
  • 25 Crunches⁣
  • 25 Leg Lifts
  • 25 Single Leg Lifts ⁣(big Flutter Kicks)
  • 25 Plank Hip Dips

This one came from Morgan, who I found when looking for handstand tips. Took me 9:34 to finish.

I had hoped to get new flooring installed in the hobby room today, but only got about 2/3 done. As I type this up at night I’m beat up!

Long Nap

I can’t believe the front of my shoulders didn’t get really sore from the 325 burpees like they always do when I’ve done 150+ reps. My upper body is a bit tight from a combination of things though. Out in the garage at 10am.

Warm-up

  • 3:00 BikeErg (1,500m)
  • 80′ Lateral Monster Walks
  • 80′ Monster Walks
  • Power Cleans
    • 5×45
    • 5×95
    • 3×135

Weightlifting

  • 4:00 EMOM
    • 3 Power Cleans (155-165-175-185)
  • 3:00 EMOM
    • 2 Power Cleans (195-205-215)
  • 4:00 EMOM
    • 1 Power Clean (225-235-245-250)

I went TnG on all of the triples and then singles. Had only programmed three minutes of singles, but it was feeling good, so did one more. I think it’s been almost two years since I’ve done over 245 so that felh good!

Conditioning

E3M – 7 Rounds

  • 10 Box Jumps (24″)
  • 10 Pull-ups
  • 10 C&J (75#)

I did step downs in round one and then jumped down (no rebound) the rest of the way. I wore grips, but didn’t put my fingers through the holes and it was really comfortable; been a long time since I’ve done that. Round times were 1:11, 1:06, 1:05, 1:06, 1:05, 1:04, and 1:01. Felt really good. Could make this 10 rounds if we ever repeat it.

Midline

3 Rounds

  • 8/8 Plank Row and Tricep Kickback (20#)
  • 8/8 Plank with Front Raise (12#)
  • 16 alt Plank T Extension
  • 8/8 Plank Knee to Elbow
  • 1:00 Rest

Took me 10:32 to finish.

Accessory

  • 2x30s Dead Hang Partner Push
  • 3 Sets
    • 10/10 Wrist Curls (15#)
    • Wrist Roller (5#)
    • 5 Handstand Kick-ups

Working on handstands with these movements isn’t a great idea.

I was exhausted and took nearly a 90 minute nap in the afternoon. Need to get my nightly sleep back on track.